Singer-Songwriter Fred Eaglesmith’s Standard Raises The Bar

Singer-Songwriter Fred Eaglesmith’s Standard Raises The Bar

Singer-Songwriter Fred Eaglesmith’s Standard Raises The Bar

📅18 April 2017, 00:59

For Immediate Release                                        April 18, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Fred Eaglesmith’s Standard Raises The Bar

Latest Studio Album Gains Media Praise

Touring Continues With Spring Leg in Europe

(Los Angeles) Award-winning, acclaimed singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith’s talent for story telling through his songs continues to draw universal appeal and pushes the craft to a higher form. And on his new studio album, Standard, Eaglesmith’s indelible characters and narratives jump to life and leave listeners satisfied even amongst imperfections and broke down machines and relationships.

Here’s what’s being said:

“…one of the genre’s most gifted lyricists and wildly entertaining performers. A dozen songs are given spare, wide-open arrangements that allow Eaglesmith’s deliciously grizzled vocals and the richly rendered emotions of his lyrics resonate deeply en route to a reassuringly uplifting closing number, the exquisitely bittersweet ‘Mr. Rainbow.'” – Los Angeles Times

“An acclaimed wordsmith with a rough-around-the-edges voice… His rootsy musical narratives are filled with heart and packed with eccentric and authentic characters. His new release ‘Standard’ is a raw and intimate song-cycle…” – Chicago Tribune

“Standard boasts some of the saddest songs this always-glaringly-honest writer has ever dropped. It’s a spartan, honest masterpiece of a record.” – Vancouver Sun

“Never dull, ‘Standard’ is a fine collection of simple songs by one of the most poetic and honest songwriters around. Eaglesmith has taken a threadbare approach to Standard with spartan musical performances where the lyrics (and sometimes Eaglesmith’s vocal) serve as the star of this show. His songs — like those here on Standard… speak to something deeper and more: the human condition.” – Roughstock

 

The songwriter further explains, “The album is more narrative than musical. The vocals have not been re-tuned, either automatically or manually and sometimes they are a little sharp or flat. On some of the tracks you can hear the quiet hiss of reel-to reel-tape. It is a less than perfect album.”

 

And that’s just what Eaglesmith wanted. The 12-track collection of new original material takes its moniker from a few meanings of the word standard.

 

Standard transmission refers to a Zen term, where transmission vaguely refers to the process of Zen knowledge being handed down through lineage that traces back to the Buddha. There is also Dharma transmission, a custom of community teaching each other. This is considered a low grade transmission, and more family oriented.

 

“Tongue-in-cheek Standard is even lower. It refers to having things put into place for you – like gears (on a vehicle standard transmission). This is the simplest and least innovative way of learning or teaching. It is my term for staying in the box. The people on this album want to stay in the box but they can’t.”

Eaglesmith continues his never-ending tour with upcoming dates in Canada, and a trip over to Europe where he’ll perform shows in The Netherlands and United Kingdom. Later this year the troubadour will continue touring throughout North America allowing audiences to hear some songs from Standard along with gems from his catalog and experience an entertaining show.  The Philadelphia Inquirer explains “As a writer, Eaglesmith can cut to the bone with surgical precision, and most of his songs aren’t what you’d call upbeat. On stage, however, between songs, he can be hilarious, cutting up with the timing and flair of a master comic.”

Fred Eaglesmith with Tif Ginn on Tour

April 21  Roxy Theare – Acton, ON

April 24  Cadillac Lounge – Toronto, ON

April 28  Melkerij – Belgium

April 29  Heartland Festival – Hengelo, The Netherlands

April 30  Lux Nijmegen – The Netherlands

May 2  Blue Room – DenBosch, The Netherlands

May 3  Paradiso – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

May 5  N9 – Eeklo, Belgium

May 6  Moulin Blues – Ospel, The Netherlands

May 7  Schaapskooi – Bakkeveen, The Netherlands

May 8  Meneer Frits – Eindhoven, The Netherlands

May 11  Paard – DenHaag, The Netherlands

May 12  Porgy & Bess – Terneuzen, The Netherlands

May 13  In The Woods – Lage Vuursche, The Netherlands

May 14  T’Keerpunt – Spijkerboor, The Netherlands

May 21  Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO

May 23  Coda Concert House – Joplin, MO

May 25  Dan’s Silver Leaf – Denton, TX

May 26  Shipping & Receiving – Fort Worth, TX

May 27  Fischer Haus Concerts – Fischer, TX

June 1  Red Dragon Listening Room – Baton Rouge, LA

June 4  Dosey Doe – The Woodlands, TX

June 9  Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624 – Heyworth, IL

June 10  Duncan Manor – Towanda, IL

July 1  Waterfront Park – Wawa, ON

July 4  Louise Hays Park – Kerrville, TX

Aug 18 – 20  Eaglesmith Charity Picnic – Aylmer, ON

Sept 8 – 13  Roots on the Rails – Alaska

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